Capoeira Angola is an expression of the Afro-brazilian tradition based on exercises of group (co)existence. Its practice represents the conjugation of different cultural events that include dance, music, dramatization, play, game and spirituality. In its ritual all participate and each one is fundamental and unique.
For playing Capoeira Angola, the 'capoeiristas' make a circle representing the world with sustentation and ordination elements: the instruments, the music, the songs, the foundations and ethics of the game.
In the space of the circle there is a fight drama that transforms possible powerful blows in gestures that are contained just in the moment of touching the opponent. The individual movement in this warrior-dance is strongly related to the movements of the other 'capoerista' in the game, in reflexive processes enhancing self-esteem and quitting stigma.
Capoeira Angola is a self-awareness process that is not limited to the physical-corporal activity and it seeks re-estructuring the individual by collective experiences.
Thus, when practicing Capoeira Angola we are intending to interact individual and collectively with the world by participating in its social-cultural dynamics. So, in the 'capoeirista' formation, debate and reflection are as important as the training and the playing.
Carybé's drawings (reproductions)